The Embassy can provide information and application forms for Canadians and persons born outside of Canada to a Canadian parent wishing to apply for a Canadian Citizenship Certificate. Information can be found online at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) website.
Application forms are available at the Embassy Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00, and are also available online from CIC at: Citizenship applications. Application requirements may vary, so please see the application form for further details.
Citizenship applications submitted at the Embassy are forwarded to the Registrar of Canadian Citizenship in Canada for processing. If the applicant applies in person, all original documents will be returned immediately after they have been examined by Embassy staff. Processing time is from 7 to 10 months.
Children born abroad to a Canadian parent on or after February 15, 1977 must submit the following to complete the application: (please also see the section on Retention below)
** Citizenship and Immigration Canada might request a DNA test to verify the genetic connection to the Canadian parent. If such request is made, the Embassy will contact you.**
If you are replacing an existing citizenship certificate, you must submit the following:
In order to retain Canadian citizenship, some citizens born outside Canada to a parent who was a Canadian at the time of their birth are required to make an application and meet certain requirements before turning 28 years of age. This is called retention of Canadian citizenship.
Retention applies to natural-born children of Canadian citizens, not adopted children, and it applies only to Canadians born outside Canada after February 14, 1977, to a Canadian parent who was also born outside Canada to a Canadian parent. Section 8 of the Citizenship Act says that this second generation born outside Canada will lose their Canadian citizenship at age 28 unless they take steps to retain it.
For more information please see: Retaining your Canadian citizenship